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Mall to upgrade bathrooms, carpet

Mall to upgrade bathrooms, carpet

West Madison shoppers will notice a few areas of the mall under construction for several weeks as crews work to update bathrooms and flooring in several areas, according to a release.

The West Towne Mall said Friday that construction to the bathrooms near the food cart will begin Monday. The tile, lighting, plumbing fixtures and finishes will be replaced in the men's and women's bathrooms. The bathrooms near the mall office will begin renovations after the food court restrooms are finished.

West Towne Mall General Manager Paul Matyas said the revamped bathrooms will have touch-free fixtures and barrier-free entrances.

Carpet will be replaced in several areas throughout the mall beginning Wednesday. Soft seating areas will receive new carpet treatments and areas near the Apple Store and Pottery Barn will have carpet put in.

Work will be done throughout the day and overnight and is expected to be finished by early September, according to the release.

$15M estimated cost of damage in Dane County from storms

$15M estimated cost of damage in Dane County from storms

Dane County officials said the cost of storm damage to area communities this week is estimated at more than $15 million, with about $10 million coming from damage to private property.

County Executive Joe Parisi's office said Thursday that tornadoes in Verona and Madison Tuesday and severe weather in eastern Dane County including Sun Prairie Wednesday damaged 253 homes and several businesses and public buildings. Nineteen homes reported major damage and two homes were destroyed beyond the point of repair.

Prep pipes for plummeting temps, utility says

As temperatures were predicted to drop into the single digits Thursday night, a utility department reminded Madison residents to prepare their homes to protect pipes from bursting. 

The Madison Water Utility said a few preventative steps taken now can help avoid a messy -- and costly -- consequence. 

The department recommended that Madisonians:

  • Check outdoor spigots to make sure all hoses are
  • Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots
  • Make sure outdoor spigots are turned off and drained
  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas like crawl spaces, unheated garages, attics
  • Leave some heat on in unused areas of the home

If a resident is planning to go out of town for a few days, the water utility also suggests to: 

Power restored to Madison, Fitchburg residents

Madison Gas and Electric reported that more than 5,000 residents were without power Tuesday afternoon.

The power outages included neighborhoods south of the Beltline and east of Verona Road. The outages also included Fitchburg residents just south of McKee Road.

A MG&E spokesperson told News3 the outage was caused by a contractor cutting into some wires in Fitchburg.

Neighbors may petition after Monroe Street deal gets city's OK

Neighbors may petition after Monroe Street deal gets city's OK

The Madison alderwoman whose district includes a controversial development proposal said neighbors unhappy with the deal may petition city leaders to take a second look.

Ald. Sue Ellingson, who represents the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood, supported a proposed retail and apartment building, although some neighbors did not.

"The plans are good plans," Ellingson said. "I'm really sorry that we couldn't come to an agreement with the neighbors."

Neighbors said they were concerned the four-story, mixed-use building would add to traffic and parking problems, and said balconies would look out over their yards and disrupt privacy.

The neighborhood association voted 11-2 in opposition to the project, which got the city Plan Commission's approval Monday night.

Because of an ordinance change, the conditional-use permit doesn't require a go-ahead from the City Council, but neighbors could petition to have alders take a new look at the development proposal.

Olbrich expansion project seeks public input

Olbrich expansion project seeks public input

Olbrich Gardens to host redevelopment meetings

Olbrich Botanical Gardens will host a series of meetings for public input on a development plan for new buildings.

Olbrich is working with HGA, an architectural firm, to evaluate building needs. Final recommendations may include additions and renovations, a news release said.

An upcoming meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on pre-design planning is the second in a series of planning forums.

Three more meetings will be held through May 20.

The planning process will begin with a declaration of guiding principles. Schematic design input forums will follow.

Olbrich said it will maintain up-to-date information on meeting notes on its website.

1 of Epic's 6 wind turbines spins power

1 of Epic's 6 wind turbines spins power

Software co. says 6 turbines to be active by summer    

One of Epic's six planned turbines is up and running as of last week. The single operational tower at the mini wind turbine site northwest of Madison is generating 800 KW of energy, Barb Hernandez with Epic said.

A representative for the Verona medical software giant said the whole project won't be complete and operating until this summer, when a line connecting the six turbines is in place.

First news of the project came in mid-October, when Epic confirmed information that it planned to build a wind farm with six 262-foot turbines to help supplement the company’s energy needs. Epic’s director of facilities and engineering, Bruce Richards, told Channel3000.com in October that the company hoped to provide 85 percent of its energy with wind power by 2014.